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Importance of Australian history as part of a national curriculum.



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FEDERAL LABOR LEADER KEVIN RUDD MP AND

SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING STEPHEN SMITH MP

IMPORTANCE OF AUSTRALIAN HISTORY AS PART OF A NATIONAL CURRICULUM

Federal Labor believes that the study of history, particularly Australian history, is an essential part of the school curriculum.

This is reflected by history being a key element of Labor's National Curriculum plan.

As well, Federal Labor supports history being a compulsory component of the curriculum for parts of the secondary school years.

Australian history is a critical part of the curriculum and should be included in all years of schooling, not just for a few years in secondary school.

A Rudd Labor Government will work cooperatively with the States and Territories through Labor’s National Curriculum Board to implement a rigorous, content based national history curriculum for all Australian students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Federal Labor welcomes today’s release of the ‘Guide to Teaching Australian History in Years 9 and 10’ by the Australian History External Reference Group.

A Rudd Labor Government will refer the work of the Australian History Reference Group to Federal Labor’s proposed National Curriculum Board.

Unlike the Howard Government, whose approach revolves around threatening the States and Territories, Federal Labor will develop a National Curriculum in a cooperative, consultative way that takes the best of what each State and Territory has to offer.

The importance of history in understanding where our nation has been, where it is going, and what it means to be Australian, cannot be underestimated.

Federal Labor believes that all young Australians should have a thorough understanding of Australian history.

History needs to be taught in a rigorous, chronological framework and in an appropriate context in order to allow young Australians to fully understand how and why our nation has developed the way it has.

Federal Labor is committed to such an approach.

11 OCTOBER, 2007

LACHLAN HARRIS (RUDD) 0417 592 338

ADAM SIDDIQUE (SMITH) 0407 473 630